Virginia Lakes

Location Name: 
Virginia Lakes
Region: 
Other Area
Date and time of observation: 
Sat, 03/05/2022 - 14:22
Location Map: 


Red Flags: 
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain

Observation made by: Avalanche Specialist
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

  The bulk of the precipitation passed through last night with several inches of new snow at various SNOTEL sites in our forecast area so we went up to Virginia Lakes to take a look around. On the drive in clouds capped the peak tops and trace amounts of snow continued to fall from the sky. Temperatures remained in the low 20’s throughout the day.  Light winds swirled at the valley floor and our wind gauge on Crater Crest picked up moderate gusts from the SW at 25 mph.

On the ground, we confirmed a modest 1-6” of new snow, low density dry to the touch with a trace of wind effect on the surface.  We stayed in the sheltered trees as wind slab sensitivity above treeline would be touchy where drifted snow had been deposited.  A few parallel tracks test produced cracking but none shot out from the tips of the skis.

Snowpack photos: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Cloud Cover: 
50% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Light
Precipitation: 
Snow
Air temperature trend: 
Static
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Accumulation rate: 
Less than 1 in. per hour